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Kris Kobach: Memo ‘Almost Identical to Watergate’ but ‘Ten Times Bigger’

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February 5, 2017

Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach says the memo released by the House Intelligence Committee is “almost identical to Watergate” but “ten times bigger.”

In an interview with Breitbart News’s Deputy Political Editor Amanda House on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday, Kobach said the released memo — which uncovered alleged abuse by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Justice Department — raises “huge questions” about senior officials at the FBI.

KOBACH: Well you know we often attach the suffix “gate” to just about any political scandal, but this political scandal is almost identical to Watergate in multiple respects and it’s ten times bigger. This is a scandal in the middle of a presidential election; it’s a scandal involving the collection of information by the side in power against the opposing campaign. And it’s a scandal that involved multiple levels of cover-ups. But the amazing thing is, the current scandal is one where you have the tools of the surveillance state, the FBI, being used against the other party.

In Watergate, it was just five burglars who were not government employees who had been hired by the Nixon campaign. Here you’ve got the actual surveillance being done by the government itself. And you know, it raises huge questions about the whole FISA court, the whole FISA process, and the political leanings of very senior people at the FBI and the Department of Justice who abused this power. There was no similar question of our surveillance state abusing its power in Watergate. So it’s a very similar scandal but very much more significant consequences.

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This article was posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 at 8:05 am

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